As you know, we’ve been on fire for the last month and a half with the release of Thesis 2.1, a fresh new home page, the Social Triggers Skin, and the forthcoming Pearsonified Skin.
But we aren’t the only ones who’ve been crushing it.
Some of the power users in the Thesis community have been hard at work on their own Skins, too.
Today, I’ll introduce you to a few of them, and I’ll also highlight some Thesis designers/developers who can help you take your site to the next level.
Third-party Thesis Skins for Every Kind of Site
Looking for the perfect design for your Thesis site? There’s a Skin for that, and if we haven’t built the precise one for your needs yet, someone else in the Thesis community probably has.
Let’s take a quick look at a few of the movers and shakers who are creating Thesis 2.1-ready Skins that you can use right now.
A longtime fixture in the Thesis Skin scene, Kolakube is responsible for Marketer’s Delight, a highly detailed, responsive Skin that is focused on generating leads and converting sales opportunities.
Under the talented direction of Alex Mangini (who is a Thesis master), Marketer’s Delight has grown to include a suite of drag-and-drop tools that make it easy to:
- add custom leads (like a feature box, email signup form, or even a video) to any page
- add eye-catching elements like rounded “orb leads” (which look just like the big circles on the DIYthemes home page)
- create fully-customized, unique landing pages that include persuasive design elements…without any code!
The Hodder brothers (Matt and Mark) may have more experience than anyone else on this list when it comes to creating Skins, child themes, and custom WordPress designs.
And that’s why it’s no surprise that their company, Themedy Themes, offers an impressive array of nine different Thesis 2.1-ready Skins tailored to specific purposes.
No matter what kind of site you want to run, Themedy Themes has a Skin that will not only suit your needs, but also make you look damn good in the process.
(And be sure to check out the new Splash and Readyfolio 2 Skins—I know you’re gonna dig ‘em!)
Rick Anderson, who is the man behind BYOB Website and also the best Thesis teacher on the planet, has created a collection of Thesis resources that includes some seriously powerful Skins.
Although most of BYOB Website’s resources require a membership to download and use, some of them—like a version of the Agility Skin—can be downloaded for free.
Rick builds his Skins with maximum flexibility in mind, and this gorgeous site serves as a jaw-dropping testament to the malleability of the Agility Skin.
Nina Cross Design
Longtime Thesis veteran Nina Cross is opening a new Skin and design customization studio, and she’s offering an exclusive pre-launch discount for people who sign up to her email list before September 10.
For a sample of Nina’s work, check out this customization she did for Jenny Blake (running Thesis 2, naturally). Suffice it to say, I’m really looking forward to her upcoming Skins!
More Promising Skin Shops
Here are 4 more highly active shops that are focused on cranking out Thesis 2.1-ready Skins:
- I Customize Thesis — Puneet Sahalot creates responsive Skins for Thesis and also offers design customization services.
- Thesis Love — Thesis addict Raaj Trambadia offers a growing selection of Skins and Boxes on his site.
- NXThemes — Truong Ngo Xuan is a prolific Skin creator who has produced a wide array of cool Thesis designs.
- WP Thesis Skins — Sakthi offers a ton of Thesis Skins with various looks that should appeal to just about everyone.
Thesis 2 Designers and Developers
For many years, we’ve highlighted Thesis designers and developers here on the blog, but today, I’d like to introduce you to a few design and development studios that are focusing on Thesis 2 customizations.
Matthew Horne of DIY WP Blog is a server optimization expert who specializes in making your site fast (and this is why he loves Thesis 2). He offers custom development services as well as PSD-to-Thesis conversions, just like the one he did for reality TV star Rob Cesternino.
Next, if you’re looking for a custom small business website built on the incomparable Thesis 2 engine, you should check out Richard Barratt’s design studio, Richer Image.
For savvy, responsive web design and development with a focus on marketing and conversions, look no further than Smarter, who recently released a picture-perfect design for England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
Finally, I’d like to introduce you to perhaps the most active Thesis 2 designer on the planet today, Paul Suntup and his studio, ZelCreative. Check out these three killer designs, but I’m warning ya—you’ll want to hire Paul for your next project!
Know of Any Other Great Skins or Designers?
If so, give ‘em a shout out in the comments! Also be sure to share any awesome Thesis 2 customizations you’ve spotted out in the wild.
And who knows—if you link me something really gorgeous, I just might have to post it on Twitter
About the Author: Chris Pearson, Thesis creator and DIYthemes founder, is obsessed with optimizing the web and making sure every last detail receives the attention it requires. You should follow him on Twitter here.
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